This text message is a result of Ray texting me and complaining that he’d agreed to work overtime but didn’t have any snack to tide him over the next 4 hours. Since we work in the same building, I offered to deliver him what I had available and this was his response:
After I finished busting a gut laughing, I tossed him the snack and then went home. All the way home I was thinking about it; almonds and apple aren’t sexy. And I suppose he’s right, that’s not a “sexy” snack. It brings to mind the fact that the right choices aren’t necessarily the popular choices. A piece of pie or an apple? A bag of Doritos or some chicken? A Mars bar or a hard boiled egg? Not only are the “right” choices less desirable in some cases, but the bad ones are often times easier and more accessible. Which brings me to a post that I was reading last night. I won’t link to it because the comments that I made on the post may be considered harsh by some. However the gist of the story was that this guy is sick and tired of nay-sayers and can’t-doers sucking the energy out of him. He’s decided to deplete the energy suckers from his life and work on building a circle of support and powerful positive energy in order to help him achieve his goals. My comment strayed towards how we as humans judge people on how they look. Don’t shake your head, we all do it. We judge wealth and health, compatibility, attractiveness, friendliness all in the first moments that we look at someone. There is an article going around which says that you should not ever strive for physical attractiveness because that is A) not sustainable and B) shallow. I’m sorry that I can’t find the link to that right now…I’ll look a bit later and add it if I can find it. The author also says that the defining factor for something to be physically attractive is rarity. In this day and age it’s slender, toned, healthy and strong. In the days of famine and starvation it was plump and round and well fed. Enormous, majestic houses are attractive because not all of us can afford one. Rarity is beauty, for sure.
The trouble is, if you want to be physically attractive you have to either be born ‘rare’ or do what the majority of people don’t do, achieve what the majority of people don’t achieve and make decisions that the majority of people won’t make. That’s not shallow or single minded, it’s driven and determined. Why should I have to settle for common if I can push myself to achieve more? Why shouldn’t I want to be the best possible version of myself?
Anyway, moving on. I did not go for a run last night. By the time I got home, went back to the store, made cranberry sauce for our dinner, took out the garbages, did the recycling, convinced the nice man to get off my lawn, I do NOT want it aerated, and then actually started cooking dinner, Ray texted to say he was on his way home. Pardon?? It’s 6pm already?? Well…….shit! So, no exercise last night. Which might not be the worst thing, I am so frigging exhausted today I can hardly keep my eyes open! I did hit the gym at 4:45am this morning as per my schedule however I didn’t go up in weight on any but one exercise. I know that there are ups and down as far as your strength on any given day so I’m not too worried about it. I know I worked as hard as I could and even pouring the coffee pot this morning after the gym was a challenge. I only have 5 workouts left of Stage 1…which is great because I’m getting a little bored of doing the same things over and over. On the other hand I’m a little nervous that I still can’t do a proper pushup from plank position. And I’m nervous that the second stage is going to have weird exercises in it that you never see anyone else doing. Of course I’m scared that I’ll look stupid……but tieing into my discussion above, I’m going to do things most people don’t do in order to get the results that most people don’t get. And at 4:30am, who’s going to see me look stupid? No one I care about!
Last night I fried the turkey filets in seasoned butter (butter melted in the cast iron with paprika, onion pwdr, garlic pwdr, sage and thyme), topped with the homemade cranberries and served with mashed cauli and green beans. Tonight is ribeye steaks, left over cauli and some coleslaw. And tonight we’re taking the tent trailer to its new owners. And I’m hoping we can squeeze in a walk right after work!